Posted by Miguel, José and Raquel 25th June 09
Summer is here and we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to be the coolest mate on the scene, resting assure that your PC is at no risk.
Here are the Top 10 very basic and easy to follow rules you must not forget:
- Keep your Panda Antivirus always running and updated. Register your software products and schedule automatic updates.
- Clean-up your computer weekly to delete unnecessary files and clear your browsing history.
- Configure your PC so the automatic Windows Updates are always downloaded.
- Use your common sense. If you’re unsure about an attachment, delete it. Especially if it comes from a source not familiar to you. If there are tempting animations on a site that look highly unprofessional, don’t download them.
- Avoid opening executable files from suspicious emails or websites. Even if you are quite certain about the source of an executable file, be alert and exercise caution and common sense before opening.
- Limit your account user rights. If you have an administrative right on the computer, that means you can install anything and also perform any system configuration on it, but viruses using your administrative right can install themselves on the computer and enter registry values. However, when you limit your user right to a power user, no auto run file will be able to run on your PC unless you allow so. Additionally, no system configuration will be applied to your machine without your permission.
- Keep only those applications you use. We all love downloading and testing all those programs that seem incredibly interesting at a first glance. The truth is that we end up with lots of programs installed that we will never be used again. Each of these programs, DO slow down your PC!! By keeping only those programs we often use, we will improve the PC´s performance.
- Be careful with the use you make of USB pendrives. They are a real source of infections. To avoid the risks use the “Panda USB Vaccine“.
- Don’t answer any emails requesting your personal financial data. A bank would never request personal data via email. Criminals usually include false alarming messages like “urgent- your account data might have been stolen” to obtain your data in a dishonest way. Serious companies will never request a login or password from you by email, so even though the email seems to be authentic don’t respond!
- Subscribe to the alerts in the Security Info Area in our website to always be informed about the latest threats.
Enjoy the summer!